Cylindropuntia kleiniae, Klein's Pencil Cactus
Scientific Name: Cylindropuntia kleiniae
Common Name: Klein's Pencil Cactus
Also Called: Klein Cholla; (Spanish: Tasajillo)
Family: Cactaceae, Cactus Family
Synonyms: (Opuntia kleiniae)
Size: Up to 7 feet tall.
Growth Form: Shrub; scraggly and openly branched, joints 4 to 12 inches long.
Leaves: Leaves modified into spines or glochids and emerging from areoles.
Flower Color: Pink or magenta;
Flowering Season: May and June. Chihuahuan Desert
Elevation: 2,500 to 5,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Creosote bush and mesquite flat, limestone rocky slopes.
Recorded Range: In the United States Klein's Pencil Cactus is found in NM, TX and possibly in OK. It is also native to northeast Mexico. Klein's Pencil Cactus is found in NM, OK and TX.
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Comments: Klein's Pencil Cactus is mostly found within Chihuahuan desert habitats.
Klein's Pencil Cactus, Cylindropuntia kleiniae is in a group of cacti sometimes referred to as "pencil chollas"; it is similar to and closely related to Arizona Pencil Cholla, Cylindropuntia arbuscula and to Christmas Cholla, Cylindropuntia leptocaulis.